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Dexa Scans at Horton Treatment Centre

Horton Treatment Centre offers a DEXA Bone Density Scanning service twice a month in Banbury. Please note, a GP referral is required for a DEXA scan.

What is a DEXA scan?

A DEXA scan (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) is the best test to measure bone density. It is the most accurate way of assessing the strength of your bones and their rick of fracture.

Who should be scanned?

Bone density assessment is done when there may be risk of Osteoporosis (weakened bones) to identify early bone loss and to take action to improve this and prevent fractures. 

Is a DEXA scan suitable for everyone?

A DEXA scan may not be suitable for patients with the following:

- Recent barium or radio-nuclide study
- Sever arthritic or fracture deformity of the spine or hips.
- Metal implant in the spine of hips.
- Mobility issues.
- Pregnancy.

If you are scheduled to have a DEXA scan and any of the above apply, contact the X-ray department on 012975 755029 today.

Before your appointment

There is no special preparation required before attending your scan, however try to wear clothes that have no metal or plastic at the hips or along the lower spine. You will then be able to have your scan in your own clothes.

The examination

On arrival a member of staff will explain the procedure to you and answer any further questions you may have. You will be escorted to the scanner and asked to lie on a couch whilst the scanner arm passes over you. You will not be in a tunnel or need an injection.

The scan itself is painless and takes about 15 minutes.

When will I get the results?

The results will not be available on the same day; these will be sent to the Doctor that referred you for the scan. This should take about 7 days. Please ensure you make an appointment to see them.

Read more about the procedures offered in our Radiology department.